Thursday, March 20, 2014

Speedy Subs

We love Hamilton. We love people who love Hamilton. That is part of the reason we love Speedy Subs. However, we also just love their old school delicious subs.
From the Speedy Subs facebook page
First the food.  These are not fancy subs.  No toasting is offered and nary a glimpse of guacamole is seen. You know what?  That can be a good thing. They offer old fashioned, delicious subs on fresh bread.  There is no fancy cheese. It's the old school white stuff - and I, who disdain cheese slices as being appropriate only for wrapping up pills in when having to administer medicine to my dogs, LOVE it.  Their prices are beyond reasonable. They always have a sub of the month that is an incredible price.  In March 2014, it was a 12" turkey sub for $3.99! 

Mr. HitH got the namesake Speedy Sub, which is a mixed sub with double cheese and meat.  The offering of veggie isn't extensive, but is perfectly adequate (lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper, black and green olives, pickles, mushrooms, cucumbers, hot peppers) and they have a few different types of mustard too.  It was yummy and satisfying and fully prepared Mr. HitH to go and spend the rest of the evening coaching soccer and playing ball hockey.
The loaded with meat Speedy Sub
 Unfortunately, being vegetarian severely limits the options one has at a sub shop.  Fortunately, I really like veggie subs.  This one hits the mark.  There is nothing fancy or pretentious about it.  As you can see, they have a generous hand with the toppings, and while I would prefer just about any other leafy vegetable to iceburg lettuce, this is a great sub.
A terrible picture of a quite good veggie sub
Beyond the food, Speedy Subs is fantastic for Concession street.  Their windows are always decorated for the season and they are huge boosters of the neighbourhood. It's just a pleasure to go in and talk with them about how the Raleigh/Eastmount neighbourhoods are developing and changing. Concession Street has a shot at being the next Locke St. type success, and places like Speedy Subs will help fuel that success.  

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Grilled Cheese Fest!

What?  A Grilled Cheese Fest?  With all you can eat?  In the Hammer?  AWESOME.  We will see you there (but you won't be able to see much of us, as our faces will be covered with the grilled cheese we are eating!)

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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Burnt Tongue

The Burnt Tongue is remarkable. Absolutely remarkable.
Today's Drink Selections:  Canada Dry, Grape Crush & Rummy Grapefruit
Let me preface this post by saying that Ms. HitH is not a soup fan. She believes that food should be solid and chewed, not drunk. Mr.HitH has no such convictions, however, and adores soup.  For that reason, we had our first visit to The Burnt Tongue many months ago (when we were too consumed with work and school and other things to write). Since then, we have visited many times and each time, we are awed by the quality of the food. The fact that The Burnt Tongue won her over should tell you an awful lot!
Spiced Carrot and Lentil with yogurt and cumin seeds
The staff at The Burnt Tongue are fantastic.  They are always ready to describe the soups for you (they change daily), make suggestions, and are just generally wonderful to visit.  The restaurant is small, with only a few tables and can often be packed.  We usually take our food to go. The restaurant itself is a great space, but is very dim (as you can probably judge from the pics).

 Zucchini & Jalapeno with sour cream and cilantro
We visited again today, taking one of our siblings so they too could know the joy of The Burnt Tongue. We ordered 3 bowls of soup - Zucchini & Jalapeno with sour cream and cilantro, Spiced Carrot and Lentil with yogurt and cumin seeds and Greek Chickpea & Lemon with green onions & feta.  We all ordered buns as our side with our soup. We also all ordered grilled cheese to go with our soup (made with Cake & Loaf bread!)  and an order of frites with chipotle mayo. The Burnt Tongue has a great selection of novelty pop, often changing.  It's always worth asking what they recommend.  Today, we bought Grape Crush, Ginger Ale and Rummy Grapefruit.
Greek Chickpea & Lemon with green onions & feta
All of the soups were superb. The integrity of the flavours shine through and the combinations are well thought out. We have yet to have a bad bowl of soup, and we've tried many.  The combinations are modern, interesting and full of flavour without becoming cloying. I don't think it is going too far to say that the chef's palate is remarkable.
Grilled Cheese (with one quarter already eaten).
The grilled cheese was perfectly crisp and oozing with cheese. It was, as we were told when ordering, perfectly suited to soup dipping and the Cake & Loaf bread was perfect.  If we have one (tiny) complaint, it's that the cheese is particularly non-descript, which of course makes sense if you want it to mix seamlessly with all the soups.
The Frites with chipotle mayo
The fries at The Brunt Tongue are great.  They are perfectly crisp, never greasy, just the right amount of salt.  Even when they're cold, they don't get soggy.  Ms. HitH isn't a fan of the regular (Belgian-type) mayo, but the chipotle mayo was great.  Not too spicy and a perfect addition to the fries.

In summary, The Burnt Tongue is our new go-to in the Hammer.  With amazingly consistent and remarkable food, it's always a better than safe bet.  Check their facebook or twitter for daily menus.  Go now.  Go often.  We will accept thank you gifts for our recommendation.

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